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PhD Studentship: 3D Printable THz Waveguides for On-chip Applications

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy, School of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: please see advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd November 2021
Closes: 5th January 2022

Driven by our data hungry society, chip-to-chip and device-to-device data bit rates will need to reach terabits per second in a not distant future. Such data rate will only be met if there is a shift from microwaves to mm-waves (ca. 30 – 300 GHz) or even Terahertz frequencies (ca. 0.3 – 1 THz). Current on-chip interconnect technology relies on printed circuit board (PCB), which is not suitable for high frequencies due to loss and dispersion limitations. Tackling these problems with complex equalization techniques will not be possible because of their high power consumption and needed area.

To address the need for high-speed links for THz interconnects, this project will focus on the topological optimisation of the promising dielectric-lined metallic waveguide. The recent fabrication flexibility enable by two-photon polymerisation 3D printing rationalizes the use of the powerful topological optimisation.

We expect the PhD candidate to develop the expertise required to lead an experimental research project, to train students, to interact with colleagues with different backgrounds (physics and engineering) and from different disciplines (i.e., electromagnetism, RF communications, material science). Details of the project will be agreed with the interested candidates to tailor the research on his/her interests.

The research programme will take place in an international and interdisciplinary environment, which will substantially favour collaborative opportunities.

Applications are sought from highly motivated students graduating with first degree (2:1 or higher) in physics or engineering (and preferably a Master degree). Funding is awarded by the School on a competitive basis, depending on the strength of the applicant. The funding is only available to UK/EU nationals, with (pre-)settled status and it will cover tuition fees and provide a stipend for 3 years.

International Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.

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